Compass Public Programme 2019

Maya Chowdhry - What's Eating Reality?

A Digital Arts and Food Justice Forum 

7/5/19 - Sheaf St Cafeteria 6pm - 8.30pm - TICKETS

What’s your relationship with coffee and sugar? How much do you know about those saccharine grains and bitter grounds you reach for every morning? This forum explores how digital art can be used to examine issues around food justice. It will activate audiences, and question whether using creative projects to highlight inequality in the global food system can lead to changes in policy and public opinion, with the intent to move towards producing a fairer food system for all. The event features food justice campaigners, academics, technologists, culinary artists and digital artists, all examining the use of art as a mechanism for inspiring, entertaining and informing audiences.

The evening will feature two short immersive works for smartphone by artist Maya Chowdhry which investigate our relationship with coffee and sugar. On arrival, attendees will receive an ethically-sourced drink and snack prepared by Liverpool based chefs FoodSketz.

Special guests and speakers will be announced very soon.

What's Eating Reality? is commissioned by Compass and presented in partnership with Leeds International Festival.

Artist Residencies 

Throughout 2019, Compass will be inviting 5 artists and artist groups from across the UK and Europe to Leeds for artist residencies. Embedding themselves in the daily life of the city, the artists will be meeting locals, groups and organisations whilst also enjoying studio time to develop their latest ambitious projects. Each residency will have a public sharing of some kind so that you can see what they have been up to. We'll be publishing more details of the artists and their plans very soon.

Artist Development Bursaries 

In 2019 we will announce four bursary awards for artists based in West Yorkshire who have an emerging interested in developing a socially engaged or interactive arts practice. Offering a mix of cash, consultancy and contact with the artists taking part in our 2019 residency programme, this scheme focuses our commitment on retaining and developing live art practice across Leeds and Yorkshire. More details to be announced very soon.

Compass Festival 2018 Publication

In 2019 we will be launching a new publication featuring reflections on Compass Festival 2018 from the people who took part by local writer Chris O'Connor. More details soon.